Redesigned Writers Circle to help local writers grow

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Community Writing Program of the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow has renamed its former Critiquing Groups as Writers Circles.

These small groups of two to four writers meet twice monthly for 1.5 hours to receive individual coaching and support.

Alison Taylor-Brown, who heads up the program, explains the new approach.

"Critiquing Group sounds very formal. Very academic. Very intimidating," she said. "I wanted a name and an approach that would reflect a nurturing environment. Beginning writers can sometimes be terrified to have anyone see their work for the first time. Or they just don't know how to begin."

The new Writers Circles will help area writers and aspiring writers in three areas: Getting Started, Skill Application, and Consistency. The Circles are designed to follow the Community Writing Program workshops and to help apply the skills learned in the workshops to the individual student's work in progress. They also encourage consistent progress in the new writer by providing a target date for new material, a support group of fellow writers, and a shared pool of enthusiasm.

The ongoing Writers Circles are available to anyone who has taken at least one workshop through the Community Writing Program.

The complete schedule of Community Writing Program workshops is available at For more information or to register, contact Alison at or 479-292-3665.

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